South Indian Bank (SIB) is a private sector bank in India. The bank is headquartered at Thrissur in Kerala and has a network of 924 branches, 53 extension counters and 20 Regional Offices spread across India. South Indian Bank has extensive experience in serving NRI customers. It offers a wide range of accounts and technology-based value-added services to non-resident customers, such as NRI bank accounts, NRI fixed deposit schemes, loans, and investment products. Here are the various aspects of South Indian Bank NRI savings account i.e. interest rates, minimum account balance, etc.
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South Indian Bank NRI account
South Indian Bank offers two types of NRI savings accounts as under:
- South Indian Bank NRE savings account
- South Indian Bank NRO savings account
South Indian Bank NRE account
NRIs can open an NRE savings account in South Indian Bank to park their foreign earnings and enjoy tax-free interest. Here are the benefits of opening an NRE account with South Indian Bank:
- NRE account can be funded by direct remittance from abroad, transfer from existing NRE account or with foreign currency note, traveler’s cheque deposited by NRIs during their visit to Indian.
- The credit balance is fully repatriable.
- There is no wealth tax on the balance and interest earned is exempt from Income Tax.
- A nomination facility is available.
South Indian Bank NRO account
SIB NRO savings account helps NRIs to route their domestic earnings. Key features of the South Indian Bank NRO account are as under:
- NRO account is maintained in Indian Rupees for depositing domestic remittances like rent, pension, dividends, etc.
- You can open a South Indian Bank NRO account jointly with a resident only on a ‘Former or Survivor’ basis.
- Interest earned is subject to income tax in India.
- Repatriation is allowed with restrictions.
South Indian Bank NRI savings account opening online
You can apply for a South Indian Bank NRI account opening in different ways:
1. On the bank’s website
2. Use SBNRI app for online NRI account opening
Guidelines for South Indian Bank NRI account opening online
Customers can apply for online NRE/ NRO accounts from any part of the globe. Here are a few steps to apply for NRI account opening online:
- Fill the South Indian Bank NRI account opening form. Enter primary details like name, email ID, country of residence, phone number, passport number, and preferred branch.
- A Unique Application Reference ID will be generated for future communication.
- Fill up the application details step by step i.e. basic information, personal details, identity details and additional details, with the Reference ID.
- Now click ‘Save & Continue’ to move to the next step.
- Select the address at which you prefer to receive your account credentials (NRI account Welcome Kit).
- Click ‘Upload’ to upload the KYC documents.
- You will be prompted to recheck the information and then submit it.
- After successful submission of the application, an email containing the next step with the link of the account opening form will be sent to the applicant.
Documents required for South Indian Bank NRI account opening
1. Identity proof
- The first and last pages of the valid passport
Indian address proof
- Driving license
- Voter’s identity card
- Bank account statement
- Aadhaar card
2. Valid visa/ employment visa/ work permit/ resident permit/ student visa
3. PAN card/ Form 60
4. Overseas address proof
- Offer letter/ Company ID/ overseas driving license/ utility bills
5. Account payee cheque for a minimum Rs. 2000/- of your existing NRE account drawn in your name
Last 3-month bank statement of overseas bank or NRE account with any banks in India with concerned bank’s seal and signature.
Note: All KYC documents should be certified by any of the following entities:
- Indian Embassy/ Consulate General in the country of your residence
- Authorized officials of overseas branches of a scheduled commercial bank registered in India
- Notary Public Board
- Court Magistrate/ Judge
Online NRI Account Opening on SBNRI app
NRI customers can open an NRE/ NRO account online using SBNRI app. Applying for an NRI account is a short, simple, and 4-step process on the SBNRI app.
- Download the SBNRI App and sign up using your credentials.
- Click on ‘Open NRI Account’ button and select the bank you want to open an NRI account with.
- Select the account type, NRE/ NRO.
- Use the in-app scanning feature to scan and upload KYC documents.
- Click on ‘Apply’ and that’s it.
South Indian Bank NRI account interest rates
South Indian Bank NRE account interest rates, as well as NRO account rates, are listed in the following table.
|End of the day balance||Rate of interest|
|Balance up to Rs. 2.00 lakh||2.35% p.a.|
|Above Rs. 2.00 lakh to less than Rs. 5.00 cr.||2.75% p.a.|
|Rs. 5.00 cr to less than Rs. 100.00 cr||4.20% p.a.|
|Rs. 100.00 cr and above||4.85% p.a.|
South Indian Bank NRI account minimum balance
SIB NRE account minimum balance required for different types of accounts is as under:
|Account type||Average minimum balance|
|NRE Silver Account||Rs. 5000/ month|
|NRE Gold Account||Rs. 10,000/ month|
|NRE Diamond Account||Rs. 50,000/ month|
South Indian Bank NRI customer care
For any queries and complaints related to NRI account, you can contact South Indian Bank NRI customer care team at any of the following points of contact:
|SIB NRI Helpline||Contact Details|
|Customer care number||91 – 484 – 2388555|
|Customer care center email ID||[email protected]|
Foreign Exchange Advisory Cell
NRI customers can avail of advisory services of the Foreign Exchange Advisory Cell at Treasury Mumbai and International Banking Division, Kochi. Following are the dedicated telephone numbers:
Treasury Mumbai: 022 67868880
IBD, Kochi: 0484- 2355499/2368476/29535051
Email ID: [email protected]
Due to lots of information and documentation required to apply for NRI accounts, NRI account opening process is lengthy and cumbersome elsewhere. You can download SBNRI App to apply for an NRI account with nominal documentation in just 10 minutes.
NRIs can open the following accounts:
– NRE accounts in the form of savings bank account, current account, recurring or fixed deposits.
– NRO accounts in the form of savings, current bank account, and recurring or fixed deposits.
– FCNR(B) only in the form of term deposits.
– NRE and FCNR (B) accounts may be held jointly with other eligible NRIs on ‘former or survivor basis. A resident close relative can operate the account as a PA holder.
– NRO account may be held jointly with residents.
Funds in NRE and FCNR accounts are fully repatriable.
Yes, they can deposit in RFC (Resident Foreign Currency) accounts.